Don’t fret too much if you’re settling down to watch your favourite crime drama on tv when you hear a knock at your door, but in this case, it’s spelled “n.o.c.c.”
The Sault Ste. Marie Police Services officially launched the N.O.C.C. program last week, it stands for Notification of Community Crime. A crime prevention program that aims at decreasing crime opportunity in your neighbourhood.
Police Chief Keetch said the program caught his attention out west in Edmonton, “I’m really excited about this” Keetch mentioned,” if we can eliminate crime occurring within our community it benefits us all”
Police Services along with the Crime Stoppers co-coordinator, Cst. Henry Jin and volunteers from the Algoma Crime Stoppers Patrollers made up from students from the Sault College Police Foundations Program and the Algoma University Law Program will patrol certain “hot spots” each week within the community. A “hot spot” for crime is determined by data collected by city police. Whether it be break and enters or vehicle break ins, or other mischief such as graffiti.
“A key to prevention is awareness, so how do we get the message out to residents in your neighbourhood that there is potential criminal activity occurring in your neighbourhood?”
The NOCC program,. pronounced Knock, “we have become a much more intelligence data driven organization” Last week the hotspot was determined to be an area around Great Northern Road and Second Line where a rash of vehicle break-ins were reported. The volunteers, each Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm would visit residents with in that area to inform them of this criminal activity. At that point Police could advise the home or business owner of the criminal activity and what they can do to make sure they don’t end up being a victim of crime.
Crimes that are reported are tracked by Police on a weekly basis and monthly basis in an attempt to determine crime patterns. The City is divided up by four sections according to Keetch and then broken down further by neighbourhoods.
Volunteers from N.O.C.C. program will have a numbered identification with the Sault Police logo and a police officer in the immediate area.